New school board issues report on 'listening sessions'

More than 400 people who attended five public listening sessions for new Philadelphia Board of Education members outlined myriad concerns about the School District, from inadequate funding to student bullying to communication with parents.

The report by the Penn Project for Civic Engagement (PPCE) on the sessions was released right before the new Board took office on July 1.

The listening tour, which took place during April and May, included five public listening sessions and small group conversations facilitated by PPCE at locations all over the city.

Eleven key themes arose during the tour: transparency; accountability; community engagement; funding and equity; charter schools; facilities; climate and culture; educational quality and programs; behavioral health, discipline and bullying; special education; and support for immigrant communities.

To view the full report, go here.